Student Opportunities

Salzburg Global Cutler Fellows Program

IIEL manages Georgetown Law’s participation in the annual Salzburg Global Cutler Fellows Program.  The Cutler Fellows Program brings together 55 law students from the nation’s top 11 international law programs to interact with leading academics, judges, and practitioners in the fields of private and public international law.  Each year, the program examines critical issues shaping today’s international law agenda and creates a network of men and women interested in careers in international practice, scholarship, and public service.  Up to five Georgetown students are selected to participate each year from the 2L, 3L and LL.M. classes.  Cutler Fellows are also invited to apply for scholarships to serve as rapporteurs at other Salzburg Global seminars in Austria, networking with global leaders in a range of key issue areas.  A critical component of the Cutler Fellows program is that each student presents a paper (or a substantive executive summary thereof) they have written to a small group of other fellows and faculty.

Stay tuned for information about the 2020 Program.


Please email the following required documents to, with “Salzburg Global Cutler Fellows Application” in the subject line:

1. Cover letter (one-page maximum) explaining your background and interest in the Salzburg Global Cutler Fellows Program
2. Unofficial Georgetown Law School transcript
3. Resume or C.V.
4. Two-page abstract describing a research topic or paper on which you would like to receive scholarly feedback in an academic setting.  Fellows present their papers (or lengthier executive summaries) during Cutler Seminar breakout sessions.  Papers should outline an issue or question for further development in a law review note, other publication, seminar or independent study.  In the past, breakout sessions have been organized into areas including:

a) Humanitarian law, human rights, and use of force
b) International economic, investment, and monetary law
c) International trade, anti-corruption, and antitrust
d) International institutions and international relations
e) Rule of law and comparative constitutionalism

Application Deadline TBD

John G. Greenwald Writing Competition

IIEL is delighted to partner closely with the student-run Georgetown Journal of International Law (GJIL) to manage the Annual John D. Greenwald Writing Competition.  The Competition, made possible as the result of a generous gift from the law firm of Cassidy Levy Kent in memory of the firm’s partner and friend, John D. Greenwald, is an exciting way to celebrate John’s life and legacy.  With each competition, IIEL and the GJIL seek top student submissions of Notes from current JD, LL.M., or SJD students in international economic law on issues relevant to international trade law, the jurisprudence of the WTO or regional trade organizations, jurisprudence concerning U.S. trade organizations, an issue relating to the political economy or the efficacy of U.S. or international trade regimes.

In the 2017-2018 inaugural cycle, we received many submissions from across the country, and indeed around the world.  All submissions underwent an impartial review according to the usual and stringent GJIL editorial standards.  The Journal selected the top three candidates.  The three finalist pieces were then blind reviewed by a Faculty Committee, comprised of IIEL Executive Director and former U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce Grant Aldonas, Georgetown Law Professor of Practice and former WTO Appellate Body Member Jennifer Hillman, and IIEL Faculty Director and Agnes N. Williams Research Professor Chris Brummer.  The finalist articles represent cutting edge scholarship for not only GJIL, but also international trade scholarship more generally.  With the award comes publication in a special issue of the GJIL dedicated to international trade, and a cash award of $5,000.

The inaugural winning piece, written by 2018 Georgetown Law graduate, IIEL Fellow and WTO Certificate recipient Joshua Blume, is “Reading the Trade Tea Leaves: A Comparative Analysis of Potential U.S. WTO-GATS Claims Against Privacy, Localization, and Cybersecurity Laws,” in which he analyzes the increasingly pivotal steps taken by the EU, China and Russia to protect their digital data flows—and domestic industries—while attempting to claim exceptions to the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS).  Many congratulations to Joshua on authoring such a fine piece of scholarship, and on his selection as the inaugural winner.


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IIEL Fellowship Program 

Each autumn, IIEL invites student applications for its next Fellows cohort.  Students with a background and interest in international economic law are encouraged to apply.

The IIEL Fellows Program brings together JD, LL.M. and doctoral students, visiting scholars and practitioners to discuss new policy developments in all areas of international economic law.  The selection of Fellows is based on demonstrated interest in the field of international economic law.  Fellows attend an invitation-only speaker series, with thought leaders from government, academia, international organizations and the private bar.  Recent speakers have hailed from a wide variety of organizations, including the European Commission, multiple embassies, U.S. regulatory agencies, the Atlantic Council, ICAP, IMF, global law firms, USTR, corporate entities and universities in both the United States and Europe.

Fellows have the opportunity to attend and be involved in IIEL conferences and events throughout their time on campus, offering unparalleled opportunities for further learning and networking. Fellows are encouraged to enroll in the IIEL’s spring International Law & Policy Colloquium for an even deeper academic experience.  Along with Colloquium students, Fellows are invited to submit pieces for inclusion in “IIEL In the Know,” the Institute’s occasional newsletter for lawyers, regulators and financial authorities.  Topics covered include international trade, financial regulation and enforcement, monetary affairs and tax.  The Fellowship offers unrivaled networking and learning opportunities, if no funding generally.  Each year, however, one Fellow is named a John H. Jackson Memorial Scholar, and receives a financial award toward second semester tuition.  IIEL will contact student Fellows directly with further information about the John H. Jackson scholarship award process.

The IIEL Fellowship application deadline is generally in mid-late September.  Each year’s operative date will be posted on this site.  The application process is detailed below.


Kindly submit the following:

1) Resume; and
2) 1-2 page Narrative Statement indicating:
a) your interest in the program;
b) what you might be able to contribute to the IIEL;
c) your professional or career goals over the next 5-10 years;
d) a delineation of courses previously taken in international economic law; and
e) anything else that you consider pertinent.

Please email the foregoing to:, and put “IIEL Fellowship Application, Academic year at issue, e.g., 2019-2020” in the subject line.  All timely applications are reviewed by the IIEL Fellowship Selection Committee.

IIEL International Economic Law Colloquium

Students interested in getting published in international economic law and networking with thought leaders in government and industry should enroll in IIEL’s weekly International Economic Law Colloquia (IELC), taught by IIEL’s leadership each spring.  The Colloquia offer students the opportunity to submit for publication 5-10 page articles for IIEL Issue Briefs and In the Know newsletters.  Participants have the opportunity to network with key policymakers as they deliver strategic insights in diverse fields such as fintech, trade, tax, Brexit and more.  The Spring 2018 IELC also included a simulation concerning President Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on imported steel under section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.  Students discussed a number of important substantive issues of law and policy from the vantage points of different, impacted trade policy players.  The Colloquia include lunch and are open to all interested students, whether or not enrolled for credit.  IIEL Fellows are automatically invited.  Further IELC-related information may be found in the Georgetown Law Curriculum Guide.

Practical Training in International Economic Law

In the International Economic Law (IEL) Practicum, offered each spring, students work in small project teams under the supervision of IIEL faculty and a Teaching Assistant to address specific, real-world legal questions related to international economic law (WTO law, regional trade agreements, BITs, investor-state arbitration, international finance or tax etc.).  Student teams answer questions posed by real “clients” known as “beneficiaries,” such as international organizations, governments or NGOs.  At the end of the semester, the project teams submit written legal memoranda and orally present their projects in class in the presence of the beneficiary and other invited guests.  The Practicum offers IIEL students the chance to work at the cutting-edge of international economic law, interacting directly with foreign governments, NGOs and multilaterals to address real-world problems — all while receiving course credit, unique mentoring and practical training from global experts.

The Practicum has proven extremely successful, with student project teams directly impacting the regulatory environment in a number of international legislative contexts.  More information, including past projects, is on the TradeLab websiteStudents are also encouraged to see further IEL Practicum-related information in Georgetown Law’s Curriculum Guide.

Certificate in WTO & International Trade Studies

Georgetown’s Certificate Program in WTO & International Trade Studies reflects the school’s longstanding reputation and expertise in international trade law, in particular, regarding legal aspects of the World Trade Organization (WTO), preferential trade agreements and U.S. laws and regulations affecting international trade including trade remedies and export controls.

The Certificate, open to a small but specialized cohort of J.D. and LL.M. students, combines a course credit component (one basic trade course; minimum of two specialized trade courses) with a trade-related capstone project.

To future employers, the Certificate signals a solid academic and practical background in the important and growing field of international trade, covering trade in goods and services and trade-related issues frequently addressed in modern trade agreements such as digital trade, intellectual property, health and safety, investment, e-commerce, environment and labor concerns.

Students will not be admitted solely for the WTO & International Trade Studies Certificate Program. (The Certificate is not a diploma and it does not change the title of the degree students are pursuing at Georgetown Law.) Students earning an S.J.D. at the Law Center who are eligible to enroll in a sufficient number of Georgetown Law courses in order to complete the Certificate requirements may obtain the Certificate by permission.  Students must complete all of their degree requirements to receive a WTO & International Trade Certificate.

The requirements for the WTO & International Trade Certificate are:

• Successful completion of coursework on trade-related subjects, selected from an approved list of WTO & International Trade Certificate Courses (one Category I foundational trade course; a minimum of two Category II specialized trade courses). Below, please find the roster of 2018-2019 academic year courses that currently constitute the list of eligible WTO & International Trade Certificate classes. Georgetown will add qualifying courses from time to time; as such, this list is subject to change. Students should always consult the most current Georgetown Law online Curriculum Guide for the latest information on course descriptions, requirements and schedules.

• A capstone experience in international trade (moot court, practicum/clinic or trade-related research paper).

• Maintenance of an overall grade point average of “B” (3.0) or higher.

• Completion of all degree requirements.

Kindly note that the requirements of the WTO & International Trade Certificate have just been updated, and new requirements are in effect as of the 2018-2019 academic year. Students who began their pursuit of the Certificate under the former operating guidelines and requirements will be grandfathered into the program, and should stay in close contact with the Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL) to ensure that they remain on track to receive the Certificate on graduation.

The list of current WTO & International Trade Certificate requirements and eligible courses can be downloaded here.

If you are interested in pursuing the WTO & International Trade Studies Certificate, please complete the notification form.

John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition (formerly ELSA Moot Court Competition) 

IIEL supports Georgetown Law’s participation in the John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition (formerly known as the European Law Students Association (ELSA) Moot Court Competition)–the premier international moot court competition focused on WTO law.  Now in its 16th year, the problem set annually focuses on international trade law issues, based on the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO).  Georgetown Law students regularly perform exceptionally well in both the regional and global rounds.  Recent regional rounds have taken place in Canada, Columbia and in Washington, DC–with the global finals always set in Geneva.

The 2018 Georgetown team consisted of Ariane Yvon (best oralist in the semi-finals), Zenia Memon (best oralist for preliminary rounds), Kanzanira Thorington and Yucai Yu.  2018 coaches were Joe Loveless (Georgetown Law, Class of 2016) and Ted Posner, a partner at Weil Gotshal.

2019’s team members are: Christopher Forsgren, Jooyoun (Liz) Jeong, Hongye Mao and Worthington Phillips, supported by coaches Ted Posner, Joe Loveless and Weil Gotshal’s Nathan Cunningham.

In 2018, the competition was renamed the John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition, in honor of founding IIEL Faculty Director and “Father of the WTO” John H. Jackson.

Please contact IIEL with questions about any of the foregoing student-centered initiatives.